Violin Tips & Tricks

How to Practice the Violin

David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra presents violin practice tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjEP0ukjtvM

Main points of the video:

  • Set a timer when you practice to force yourself to remain focused.
  • Play for friends and family many times before the really important performance.
  • Practice slowly with a discriminating ear.
  • Don’t be in a rush when you’re practicing.
  • Make a list of what you’re going to accomplish in x amount of minutes.
  • David Kim plays his piece for the community 30 or 40 times before the real important performance.


Lynn Kuo, Assistant Concertmaster of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, reflects on the practice tips her previous teacher, Mr. Lorand Fenyves, Canadian violinist and professsor, shared with her: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHypKwgcULQ&list=PLLCf7lyHf4Yn0lDd7awl28MIuI5pBsoGE&index=7

Some of the following practice tips such as practicing slowly are one of the best strategies for practicing efficiently.  However, this and other tips can not be overstated.
 
Main points of the video:
 
  • Once you shut the door to the practice room, nothing else exists except for your practice session.
  • Practice slowly and with quality so you’re not ingraining “any poor habits” and so that you’re not cementing any bad habits.
  • Listening and studying the musical score.
  • Play with the musical score.
  • Sing your piece until you know it.
  • See where the violin part fits in with the piano part.
  • Understand the harmony with the accompaniment so it helps you shape your tone and phrasing.